Do you live in a small home or apartment? Living in a small space can seem very restricting, but with the right design it can look spacious and fit all your needs. Here are some tips that will help you out. We’ll go over a couple of main topics: organization, style, and function. Making a home feel like your own with your space needs can be hard. But with these tips you can create a home that is uniquely yours with function and flow.

Organization
  • Keep it clean. When your home isn’t clean it looks smaller and cluttered.
  • Declutter. Don’t keep anything you aren’t going to use.
  • Confine clutter to a few spaces. For book, magazines, mail, and other important stuff, use one or two places to keep it. Confining it to those areas will help.
  • Don’t store anything you don’t need. If you aren’t going to use it, get rid of it.
Style
  • Avoid taking up floor space. Instead of a bookcase, use bookshelves.
  • Use furniture with legs. Legged furniture look lighter and and creates a visual space underneath.
  • Use pieces that go up rather then out. Utilize your space towards the ceiling rather than towards the center of the room.
  • Utilize color. Pick out colors you like and pair with light furniture, or go in reverse.
  • Mirrors help magnify the space. A large mirror on a wall will help it feel bigger.
  • Have large artwork with receding colors. Having large art on your wall with colors like blue, will make the space feel bigger.
Function
  • Use multipurpose furniture. A table with storage does wonders, so do an ottoman or bed.
  • Use pieces that fit the scale of the space. Get furniture on a smaller scale, allow it to fit the space instead of overwhelm the space.
  • Start with important pieces then add on. Starting with the basics, like a bed, chair, and table, will help you plan out your space to create the best function and flow.
  • Don’t plan for guests, plan for what you will use. If you are adding furniture because you might have guests, you will overcrowd your room. Get pieces that you will use personally.
  • Use movable and light pieces, so you can move things as needed. If guests come over and you have a chair in another room, you can move it to help with the seating, without breaking a sweat.

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